Why women stray
Evolutionary theory says men stray to increase offspring, but what motivates women? Enter the mate-switching hypothesis
The kindled brain
If each bout of depression, bipolar disorder or PTSD makes another more likely, should sufferers stay on medication for life?
Where pain lives
Fixing chronic back pain is possible only when patients understand how much it is produced by the brain, not the spine
Imagination is ancient
Our imaginative life today has access to the pre-linguistic, ancestral mind: rich in imagery, emotions and associations
The herd instinct
Sigmund Freud, 1921
Freud the philosopher
Before fathering psychoanalysis, Freud first slayed the dominant Cartesian intellectual tradition of mind-body dualism
Can novelists or psychologists better capture the strange multitude of realities in every human self?
Now you see it, now you…
Seeing things that are hidden; failing to see things in plain sight. How magic exploits the everyday weirdness of perception
Prejudice remains a huge social evil but evidence for harm caused by microaggression is incoherent, unscientific and weak
How totalism works
The brainwashing methods of isolation, engulfment and fear can lead anyone to a cult. I should know – I was in one
The orgasm cure
What if we could expand ecstasy, reduce stress and lift depression, all by delaying and extending orgasm?